I absolutely love green smoothies. I’ve been drinking them forever and am so happy that they’ve become a popular thing nowadays. “Going green”, as Adam and I like to call it in our household, is an incredible way to get in some of your veggies and fruits as long as you do it in a smart way. I see so many people making smoothies that are loaded with sugar and fruit that it really defeats the purpose of eating healthy. Remember fruits still have tons of sugar in them, especially berries, so you have to be very cognizant of the amount you use. Since I use such a small amount of fruit in my green smoothie I add a sweetener to keep it tasty.
One thing to quickly note is that although I adore green smoothies, I’m not a big fan of the “drinking only a green smoothie as a meal replacement” idea. I’ll explain. Even though by blending the veggies and fruit you retain all the fibers as oppose to juicing (which I’m also not a big fan of for that reason and the mess that it makes), the already pulverized fibers do not give your metabolism a chance to really work. When you are breaking down food your metabolism is at work, which means it is burning energy (calories). For that reason I mostly drink my green smoothie as an accompaniment to one of my meals, which always involves an intact veggie and protein. For instance, if drinking my green smoothie for breakfast, lunch OR meal #4 I would have the smoothie after whatever protein I was eating – eggs or chicken. In that particular meal the fruit in the smoothie would replace the carb. I only do this for one meal a day since I prefer to eat the majority of my meals with a grain or complex carb rather than fruit.
The other occasion when I would whip this smoothie up is when I am craving a sweet treat between meals. Whatever keeps me away from that bag of cookies right?
Whether you drink it as part of a meal or to satiate a sweet tooth craving, this green smoothie is a delicious treat that everyone is sure to love!
Creating this smoothie is quick and easy. To make the prep work even easier I purchase pre-washed leafy greens. That way I never have to worry about washing anything before I start. (Make sure to rinse the apples though). I also love those pre-washed bags for creating quick salads. I really hate washing leafy greens; water always seems to get everywhere! But we can talk about my cleaning obsession later.
Just add the following ingredients into a high powered blender, such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, in the order listed in the recipe. (Blenders like to have items put in a certain order to create the vortex effect)
And that’s it. This recipe will make about 32 ounces of smoothie. Pour and enjoy.
- ½ cup water
- ½ green apple, cored
- 1 kiwi, peeled,
- ½ orange, peeled
- ½ english cucumber, roughly chopped
- 1½ tablespoons Splenda
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup baby kale
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Place all ingredients (in the order listed) into a high-powered blender
- Blend smoothie until pureed